Season review: Portugal

FC Porto clinched a fourth consecutive Portuguese Liga title this season, their 24th overall, and completed a sixth domestic double in the process while lesser lights CD Nacional and FC Paços de Ferreira caused surprises.

Porto rejoice in their latest Liga triumph
Porto rejoice in their latest Liga triumph ©Getty Images

FC Porto clinched their fourth consecutive Portuguese Liga title this season, their sixth in the last seven years and the 24th overall, within seven of SL Benfica's record. In addition, the Dragons won the Portuguese Cup for the 14th time, and completed their sixth domestic double in the process.

Champions: FC Porto
Porto had a stuttering Liga start following the departure of key players José Bosingwa, Paulo Assunção and Ricardo Quaresma but soon found their feet, finishing four points clear of second place Sporting Clube de Portugal with 21 wins, seven draws and only two defeats.

Cup final: FC Porto 1-0 FC Paços de Ferreira
First-time finalists Paços de Ferreira were beaten by Lisandro's strike for the league winners at the Estádio Nacional in Lisbon. Paços de Ferreira had finished nine places and 36 points behind Porto and were behind after six minutes when they lost possession in midfield and Raul Meireles lobbed the ball over the defence to Lisandro, who shot past goalkeeper Cássio.

European places:
FC Porto – UEFA Champions League, group stage
Sporting Clube de Portugal – UEFA Champions League, third qualifying round
SL Benfica – UEFA Europa League, play-off round
CD Nacional – UEFA Europa League, play-off round
SC Braga – UEFA Europa League, third qualifying round
FC Paços de Ferreira – UEFA Europa League, second qualifying round

Player of the Year: Bruno Alves (FC Porto)
The Portuguese international centre-back was the main anchor for the champions as he displayed outstanding defensive skills as well as scoring important goals. Among them was the strike at home to Nacional that sealed the title with a 1-0 win as well as some crucial free-kicks. At the age of 27 he is at his peak as one of Europe's best defenders.

One to watch: Hulk (FC Porto)
Named after the 'Incredible' cartoon character he loved as a child, Brazilian striker Hulk has made quite an impression on the European scene after four years playing in Japan. Powerful, pacy and with a brilliant touch and shot, the all-action striker was a constant menace for Porto's opponents this year. The 22-year-old played a key role in FC Porto's run to a UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Manchester United FC and scored eight Liga goals.

Surprise package: CD Nacional
The Madeira-based side finished fourth with great organisation and attractive football. They also had some fine players like the league's leading scorer Nenê and were rewarded with only their third European qualification: hoping to improve on their previous two when they lost both legs of UEFA Cup first-round ties in 2004/05 and 2006/07.

Leading scorer: Nenê, CD Nacional (20)

Number: 5,000
Benfica, Portugal's most-titled team, became the first club to 5,000 Liga goals with David Suazo's strike at Vitória FC on 2 November.

"The day we faced Manchester United at the Estádio do Dragão, the Porto president and I agreed to extend my stay here for two more years. There is nothing written yet, and the agreement was sealed with a handshake."
Jesualdo Ferreira, Porto coach.